The fifth Democratic Party debate took place last week, and the temperature was clearly rising as the presidential hopefuls struggled to make their mark. The fight for the party’s nomination is getting nasty, and it’s looking especially bad for Tulsi Gabbard. The Hawaii representative was bold enough to stand up to Hillary Clinton, and now it’s coming back to bite her.
The Democratic Party needs to get out of the shadow of the Clintons if it’s going to have any appeal to voters, and most of the party seems to recognize this — even if they think going ultra-left is the way to do it. The former First Couple’s influence is still making itself felt, though.
- Last month Hillary Clinton launched an unprovoked attack on Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), accusing her of being a “Russian asset.”
- Gabbard, a National Guard officer who’s served in Iraq, didn’t take the insult lying down. She blasted back, calling Clinton “the queen of warmongers” and “personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”
- Despite having seen her poll numbers steadily rise throughout the Democrat nomination race, Gabbard was ignored by the debate moderators until almost half an hour into the event — and then she was asked about Hillary, not what she plans to do if she becomes president.
- Asked by Ashley Parker what rot she saw in the Democratic Party, Gabbard explained her views on Hillary and her backers. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) was then asked to “respond,” although Gabbard hadn’t mentioned her.
- Harris immediately slammed Gabbard for her criticisms of Barack Obama, and referred to Gabbard’s presence on the debate stage as “unfortunate.”
- Of course, Gabbard hit back, accusing Harris of planning to continue with the status quo, but she continued to get the short end of the stick throughout the debate.
- Apart from this exchange, she got no speaking time at all during the first half of the debate. That means no time to explain her views or policy ambitions; the moderators and other candidates wanted to make it all about her spat with Clinton.
- Through the second half, the same pattern continued, with Gabbard excluded from discussions on most of the main issues.
- None of the Democrat candidates seem to have what it takes to do a good job in the White House, but they’re not even pretending to be about that anymore. The whole race has degenerated into internal party squabbling — and the American people deserve better.
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